NZ-US joint military exercises on now
“With all guns blazing the New Zealand Army has embarked on one of its biggest exercises of the year at Waiouru Military Camp” says the NZDF, along with the US Marine Corp.
The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has begun a joint military exercise, code-named Exercise Alam Halfa 2014, at the Waiouru Military Training Area in central North Island, New Zealand.
The exercise involves participation from the New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), as well as the US Army and Marine Corps.
During the exercise, RNZAF and the New Zealand Army will train jointly with artillery, gunnery and engineers, as well as combat support units, to synchronise efforts and resources while demonstrating agility and adaptability for future combat environments.
The exercise involves a scenario where the troops must restore peace between two fictitious nations Bekara and Alpiria. It must be a very difficult exercise for the Americans since they have never restored peace anywhere and in fact are responsible for most of the world’s recent wars.
In addition to training at Waiouru, troops are deployed around the Bay of Plenty and are scheduled to be deployed to Hawkes Bay later, where the training scenarios will be more visible to the general public when they conduct street patrols.
It was reported on Radio New Zealand that NZDF troops were visiting local schools as part of their ‘hearts and minds campaign’. They took a light armoured vehicle and allowed the children to climb around, and use various pieces of military equipment including night-vision goggles.
Exercise Alam Halfa is scheduled to conclude at the end of May.